The Menace of Mechanical Music

Appleton's Magazine, "The Menace of Mechanical Music" by John Philip Sousa, September 1906






From Appleton's Magazine and John Philip Sousa's article "The Menace of Mechanical Music," reprinted by The Talking Machine World, August 1906



"The Menace of Mechanical Music" by John Philip Sousa, Appleton's Magazine, September 1906, Courtesy of HathiTrust Digital Library




Aristotle and the Automated Harp (ca. 350 BCE)

Aristotle circa 350 BCE saw the possibility of an automated harp in the context of how mankind could be freed up by automation to pursue wisdom and not on drudgery tasks of daily life.

In the Politics (c. 350 BCE) Aristotle describes the condition where "each (inanimate) instrument could do its own work, at the word of command or by intelligent anticipation, like the statues of Daedalus or the tripods made by Hephaestus, of which Homer relates that

“Of their own motion they entered the conclave of Gods on Olympus” as if a shuttle should weave of itself, and a plectrum should do its own harp playing.



Edison Phonograph Monthly, January 1907




The Talking Machine World Supplement, November 1917